For decades, many of China's vast army of migrant workers - rural workers who leave their hometowns - had to travel far from their families to seek better jobs. Now, more are finding employment closer to home.
In Chinese statistics, rural workers are people born in rural areas who are not engaged in farming. They are no longer considered rural workers if they obtain an urban hukou, or household registration. Migrant workers are those from rural areas who work outside their hometowns.
Some 2.51 million rural residents joined the migrant workforce last year, taking the total to 172 million, a 1.5 percent rise year-on-year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.